We humans are born with a 'Self' - a core Self that is always there. Inside.
As we experience life in our family - first with mother, then with significant others - we develop strategies for surviving and thriving. We form beliefs about our selves, what it is to be alive (what it is to parent and to be in intimate relationship.) We develop intern (physical, emotional and mental) and external (behavioral) strategies from our first moment.
Although our survival strategies get us grown up, they also restrict the expression of our core Self and limit our experience of aliveness and intimacy. Living our survival strategies can mean living with inability to sustain intimacy, sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, spousal abuse, chemical dependency, migraines and other somatic problems.
That is why people come to therapy.
As a psychotherapist, I use my tools and knowledge to help people understand and be aware of their survival strategies and the core Self that is always there, hidden behind the façade of their survival strategies or 'ego.' I help them to consciously experience life in a new way so that they can modify their survival strategy to be more fully present to live and love.
When appropriate, I sue powerful therapy techniques such as Solution Focus (Brief) Therapy and EMDR (for post traumatic stress symptoms.) However, my primary work is with Integrative Body Psychotherapy, a theory and practice that acknowledges and works with the body-mind-spirit interface. The work is a joining of the best elements of object relations, Gestalt yogic and Reichian breath work. In effect, the mind work of psychotherapy is done in concert with full aliveness in the body so that the intervention is experienced in the mind, the emotions and the body. Clients learn to experience the core Self, fully alive in the body, unencumbered by the survival strategies of childhood.
Go to www.bodypsychotherapygroup.com